Need some book ideas for that rock and roll miscreant in your life for this year’s holidays? Let’s give it a shot here. In no particular order, here are a few that came out new this year in either hardback or paperback: (oh yeah, all of these are of course available at BookPeople, but you already knew that, right? Just nod your head in the affirmative and head to the shop, it is at 603 North Lamar, open every day from 9 am to 11 pm.)
John Doe – Under the Big Black Sun
OK- I lied, this one is in a particular order, it’s numero uno on the hit list. Written by the legendary X bassist John Doe and a bunch of his pals from the late 70s/early 80s Los Angeles Punk Rock Scene, Under the Big Black Sun is the definitive and very raw look at what helped to kick of a punk rock revolution that is still fighting the good fight (more or less) to this very day.
Keith Morris – My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor
From that same era of punk rock madness, Keith Morris of Black Flag, The Circle Jerks, Midget HandJob and OFF! penned My Damage: The Story of a Punk Rock Survivor. His musings on the evolution of the hard core off shoot of the Punk Rock world are hilarious and painful. (we have a bunch of autographed copies of this one!)
Chrissie Hynde – Reckless: My Life as a Pretender
Ok, for my first two years in High School, I lived in England. My British friends turned me onto The Stranglers, The Damned, The Undertones, etc…I loved all that nascent, snotty British Punk Rock but my heart belonged to The Pretender’s Chrissie Hynde. This book tells of her time in mid to late 70s London when she took the Rock and Roll world apart with her snap and wit, corralling the coolest looking band of Brits and turning out Pretenders and Pretenders ll. And she was from Akron, Ohio of all places. Her sultry eyed waitress in the video for Brass in Pocket started more than just my school boy crush, I am fairly sure:
Tamara Saviano – Without Getting Caught or Killed
Ask any singer/songwriter of the americana/country/folk ilk and ask them who they would want to write like the most…the answer would be Guy Clark. Without Getting Caught or Killed by Tamara Saviano is a well researched, entertaining and ghostly jaunt through the recently deceased Guy’s life. Texas gets to claim him as well, though he did end up settling in Nashville. He built his own guitars and wrote his own songs and impacted so many other songwriters, its probably easier to list the people who have not either recorded one of his dittys or was inspired by him to write one of their own (Justin Bieber and NOFX…thats probably about it).
Johnny Cash – Forever Words
Just when I thought that there could not possibly be anything left that Johnny Cash had written that had not been discovered yet and this comes along. Forever Words: The Unkown Poems brings to light some of The Man in Black’s words from as early as the age of 12 to the end of his life. I am glad they were found and turned out for us to see and experience.
Does anyone use actual paper dictionaries any more? Well, if you find one, the definition of malcontents has a picture of the Minneapolis based band, The Replacements next to it. Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements by Bob Mehr chronicles the life and times of what should have been the biggest selling and greatest punk rock cum pop cum rock band ever…it did not quite work out that way. During their reign of terror, they managed to get banned for life from Saturday Night Live and when their record company gave them money to film a video for “Bastards of Young”, they spent the bulk of the money on adult beverages and filmed a stereo speaker playing the song…these miscreants were BRILLIANT!!!!
Anyway, just a few ideas in the couple of weeks left before we celebrate whatever it is that we celebrate towards the end of December. Come get these or any one or several of the great books we carry!